My sister’s first visit to Burlington in almost five years! It’s mostly pictures of my sister Allison, my cat Merlin, and/or food! I whined to Allison that no one took pictures of me, and then she kept taking them and they looked so terrible, I told her to just stop trying. Haha! But we had such a lovely time, and I keep hounding her to come back soon.
Before she arrived I made a batch of Serious Eats The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. A new chocolate chip cookie recipe for me, which is a rare thing and gets me all cookie nerd excited inside. This recipe called for browned butter! Very caramelized in taste and chewy in texture, but my friends like my NYT Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe better.
I had to work most days, so Allison walked all over town with her Fitbit. One day she walked from campus to North Beach (which equated to like a half-marathon that day), so after work, I brought Allison down a warm chocolate chip cookie to the beach. #bigsisterbonuspoints
I also made a huge pot of homemade spaghetti sauce for a pan of my mom’s lasagna right before Allison flew in and we ate the ENTIRE PAN of lasagna over the week. We’d usually go out to eat, go do something until late at night, then come home and heat up lasagna, while watching episodes of Portlandia in bed. It was so fun, but I don’t need any lasagna for a while…
Other good eats – Burlington Bay breakfast sandwich!
Anything at Mirabelle’s. Allison got the popovers she’s always been wanting.
Early bird dinner @ Leunig’s on Church Street.
Beer, bed, cat.
$5 wine night at Oak 45 in Winooski –> the prettiest wine bar in town.
My all-time favorite Burlington lunch: City Market’s North Country sandwich with Cape Cod chips, apple, and Honest Tea’s Moroccan Mint!
El Cortijo margaritas and tacos.
Free Ben & Jerry’s at the South End Art Hop. It was about 90 degrees that day, so this was an epic free treat.
Iced coffee & apple cider doughnut at South End Kitchen.
One day we drove out to the swimming holes in Bristol and Warren. It’s so beautiful and different looking from Burlington out there – pretty dreamy.
Besties. He enjoyed having her just as much as I did.